Hits and misses

June 13, 1996|BY a Sun Staff Writer

On the field: Brady Anderson leads the Orioles with 20 homers, but he hasn't hit any in six games against the Tigers. He did make a big contribution in the two Orioles' victories this series, going 4-for-8 with four runs scored and three RBIs.

In the dugout: Rafael Palmeiro told manager Davey Johnson that he wasn't feeling well and asked if he could serve as the designated hitter for a day. Johnson obliged him, and started B. J. Surhoff at first for the first time this year, with Manny Alexander making his second straight start at third. Surhoff started 55 games at first base for Milwaukee last year. Palmeiro said, "I needed this. I needed a break. I don't want a day off, but I thought this would do me some good."

In the clubhouse: A half-hour after the Orioles' 10-7 victory over the Tigers yesterday, the players were eating, showering, going about the business of packing and preparing to fly to Kansas City for a four-game series. But Roberto Alomar, who went 2-for-4 yesterday and is hitting .399, put his hand on the shoulder of Orioles media relations director John Maroon and asked who would start each of the four games for the Royals. Unique preparation.

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